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Old 08-22-2012, 01:17 AM   #1
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I am trying to figure out how to take a hydrometer reading. I know the formula but am really trying to figure out the best way to take a reading. I know I don't want to contaminate the wort and fermenting beer by sticking the hydrometer in it but what is the best way to take a reading. Thanks for any help and good brewing to all!!!


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Old 08-22-2012, 01:22 AM   #2
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Get a wine thief, or use a turkey baster to suck out some of the beer. Sanitize first!

Don't return the sample. Pitch it or drink it.


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Old 08-22-2012, 01:23 AM   #3
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use the storage tube that came with the hydro. Use a sanitized wine theif or cup to pull some beer out - fill the little tube and check the reading. Dispose of this beer appropriately (drink) don't add it back.

If you're fermenting in a bucket with a spigot it's even easier to take a sample.
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Thanks for the help
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Old 08-23-2012, 03:04 AM   #5
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I would second the wine thief - lower risk of contamination and you wind up wasting a lot less. I loved getting mine for Christmas a couple years back! Very easy to use.

I've even dropped to doing a reading only twice. Once before pitching and again when bottling. I haven't found a need to do it more than that.
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+1 on turkey baster. Dont forget to sanitize!!

Best part is drinking the sample!
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I've even dropped to doing a reading only twice. Once before pitching and again when bottling. I haven't found a need to do it more than that.
Please do not give this advise to a new brewer.
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Please do not give this advise to a new brewer.
I agree although I will assume he meant that when preparing to bottle to verify FG with at Least 2 readings

If my assumption is wrong then new brewers should not take his advise
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I use a laddle that holds just the right amount for the tube,sanitized, of course.


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